Mel King Institute Training: ACS for CDCs

Posted by Ezra Glenn on February 11, 2012
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On March 14, 2012, I’ll be working again with the Mel King Institute for Community Building to offer a half-day training in “Making Use of Local Census Data.” We designed the class for planners and community development practitioners working at the neighborhood-scale, and we’ll talk about ways to access the latest data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (and how to use it responsibly).

Unlike earlier versions of the training, we’ll be working exclusively with the New American Factfinder (previously discussed in this post) to download data. We’ve also moved the class to one of MIT’s computer labs, and added an hour at the end as a “clinic,” so participants will get some hands-on time to dig up data on their own community.

For more information about the Mel King Institute, or to register for the training, see this page. See you there!

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New American FactFinder: initial grumbling

Posted by Ezra Glenn on October 07, 2011
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The Census Bureau continues to roll out the latest data from the American Community Survey, last month announcing the availability of the first real nationwide data for 2010 in the form of the 1-year ACS Estimates.  I’ve been conducting some trainings on how to get and use ACS data for local-level community planning (self promotion: check out the Mel King Institute’s training in Boston, or wait for us to offer it again), which has prompted me to pay some more attention to the new “American FactFinder” platform, which has prompted me to write this post.

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